Patriotic Jar Candle or Vase Craft Project

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Patriotic Jar Candle or Vase. This is a great project for Scouts. We made them in our Bear Den for the Blue and Gold dinner and used them as centerpieces.
empty glass jar
fabric with a patriotic pattern
white craft glue
water
thick bristled paint brush
scissors
goldenrod colored ribbon
small wooden star
navy blue acrylic paint
raffia
hot glue gun
Paint the wooden star with navy blue acrylic paint. Set aside to dry.


Tie 2 or 3 strands of raffia into a bow. Use the scissors to cut the bows so that all of the ends are straight, trim to even lengths. Hot glue the blue star to the center of the raffia. Set aside.

If your patriotic fabric has flags, cut out a few of the flags and cut the rest of the fabric into pieces. Size and shape does not matter. Mix white craft glue with enough water to make a thin, paintable solution that you can't see through -- mixture should be white.

Use the paintbrush to paint the glue mixture onto the jar. Work in sections as the glue will dry before you get to it if you paint the whole thing. Paint a section with glue mixture, place pieces of fabric onto the layer of glue, cover fabric with more glue mixture. Fabric will be wet, but not dripping. Continue until the entire jar is covered, pieces are placed on quite randomly. When finished, use the mixture to put the flags over the top of the fabric scraps.

Use hot glue to adhere a piece of goldenrod ribbon around the rim of the jar. Hot glue the raffia/star to the ribbon, covering the seam.

You can place a votive candle in the jar, or fill it with white carnations for a great centerpiece!


Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of  four children. She and her husband live in southeastern  Wisconsin. She is also the owner/editor of TheFamilyCorner.com Magazine, a great resource of family firendly crafts, recipes, and articles like this one.


Need some fun centerpieces for this summer's get togethers? Why not this patriotic candle jar that doubles as a vase! Easy enoough for kids to make, these look great on your table, counter or on tables scattered around the yard. Get creative and make them in different sizes.

This is a great project for Scouts. We made them in our Bear Den for the Blue and Gold dinner and used them as centerpieces. Each boy made one of their own and they were a huge hit!

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